What’s up out there comic book fans? This is Aaron from Game Over Comics, with another comic book review. Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these. The shop has been busy lately and we’ve been trying to make some plans for the “social media” future of the shop. One of the plans I can announce is; that this review I’m doing will come out every Thursday for the foreseeable future. I’ll do my best to keep up with it, so you guys do your best reading it, and most importantly, getting down to your local comic shop and picking some books up. Well that’s enough with housekeeping, let’s get into the review!
This weeks review is on a new DC book call ‘GEN:LOCK #1’. I’m a huge mark for anything “mecha” so when I saw this in previews I couldn’t have clicked order faster. Mind you, I had no idea that this was already a TV show because I don’t watch any television. So here’s my “no research on the series” review! Ready? Go!
The story of GEN:LOCK follows a team of “mind transfering, DESTINY inspired, small GUNDAM, soldiers”, that seem to protect a faction called “Polity” from other warring factions on earth. The main character, for the most part, is named Chase and he is a member of the GEN:LOCK team. An interesting twist about Chase is; he has no body, and is an astral projection of sorts. You’ll have to read the book to delve deeper on why he’s the way he is. In this issue the team has received information that an enemy group has begun attacking civilians in Japan. They decide to go against orders and deploy their team to protect the citizen. Needlessly to say things don’t go as planned and the team is thrust into a situation where every side of the conflict are now their enemies. There are some other cool little things in the book that set up a much broader story arc, but you should read the book to find out.
GEN:LOCK #1 doesn’t warm you up to the story at all. The first page is all the back story that you’re gonna get. I was a little put off by this because after reading further into the book, you realize they should have probably dedicated a couple more pages to setting up the background of the series or political climate of the world. I’m assuming though that the creators are trying to get everyone to watch the TV series and this is a clever marketing ploy. Regardless this is a comic book and I will review it as such. The mechs or “HOLONS” as they are called, are cool to look at, if you aren’t looking for detail. I’m kind of a robo snob, so i really like to get up close and look at the smaller details of each robotic part. You wont get that here, but the way the story is set-up lends itself to be more story than art driven. Another little gripe is the lack of action. You definitely can tell that there is some fighting going on, but the artist never felt the need to show it to you. They felt that some cool poses atop broken building and maybe some enemies were enough for you to understand. Personally, other than the detail of the mechs in a series, the actual “giant robo” battles are the best part. Big fail for me in that department. Art aside, the story itself has a lot of potential. If you didn’t catch this during my brief synopsis, the soldiers of GEN:LOCK transfer their mind into their robotic counterpart. Think of this as the next level in drone technology. They do suffer the same drawback we saw in the movie “Avatar” though, were their actual body is totally vulnerable. In the book there was a cool little part where an outside entity hacked a video game and used it to communicate with our main character. There’s a lot of potential in exploring what happens when you separate your mind from your body. Also the little twist at the end, which connects the video game incident, sets up a pretty cool over arching plot to series. You can definitely tell this book was inspired by television.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I will probably continue GEN:LOCK for at least the next five issues. Its got cool robots. Its got what looks to be a great story. Its got a TV show I could go watch. They need to do a lot of work on improving the action from panel to panel though. The story will only get them so far without a good visual aspect to support it. It also sucks that I couldn’t get enough back story from the book alone. It appears on Adult Swim, so I’m sure I can find some way to watch it. Don’t forget to stop by you LCS and pick this book up and as always, SUPPORT LOCAL COMICS! Peace!